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Windows 7: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

20 Mar 2011   #190
Crazypete96

Vista home basic 32 bit
 
 

How do I activate the windows 7 without having a previous windows version on my pc? I got an error saying not valid since there wasn't a previous version on the pc?
Will reinstalling windows 7 now that it is on the machine and checking upgrade work to allow the activation to work?
pat


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20 Mar 2011   #191
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Crazypete96

Have you looked at option Three in the first post of this thread ?
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20 Mar 2011   #192
Crazypete96

Vista home basic 32 bit
 
 

Option 3 worked........I was getting a little nervous about the activation..... Thank you everyone for your help
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20 Mar 2011   #193
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Glad it worked for you

There is a lot of win7 info here at SevenForums, you just have to search or ask
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20 Mar 2011   #194
Crazypete96

Vista home basic 32 bit
 
 

Very Knowledgeable help on here too. Very good place to get help. Glad I found this site...
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25 May 2011   #195
cfherd

Windows Vista Home Premium 32 Bit
 
 

Sorry folks, I've read through the various Windows 7 install tutorials (which look excellent BTW) but I am a little confused as to what option I want to take in my circumstances.

I currently run Vista HP 32bit and to try and solve slow running issues I thought I would do a clean install but upgrade to 7 HP 32bit. I’ve already backed up all the files I want and would like to entirely format my HDD.

Do I do a normal upgrade and then do a clean (custom) install to make sure I am compliant with the End User Agreement or can I go straight to doing the custom install?

Hope this makes sense?!

Thanks

Chris
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25 May 2011   #196
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Chris, and welcome to Seven Forums.

For what you want, I would recommend doing the steps in OPTION ONE to do a clean install with your upgrade copy of Windows 7 HP. Clicking on the links in the steps will give you full details on how to do that item.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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25 May 2011   #197
cfherd

Windows Vista Home Premium 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Chris, and welcome to Seven Forums.

For what you want, I would recommend doing the steps in OPTION ONE to do a clean install with your upgrade copy of Windows 7 HP. Clicking on the links in the steps will give you full details on how to do that item.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Thanks Shawn, I presume I can just use the install process to format the HDD? I did this recently when I did a clean install for XP and it seemed to work fine.

Thanks again,
Chris
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25 May 2011   #198
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yes, that's the way I've always done it as well.
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18 Jun 2011   #199
jsm555

win 7 64, win 7 32
 
 

You are a lifesaver! I lost my hard drive this week (I had upgraded the pre-loaded Vista to Win 7) and re-installed using the Win7 disk, expecting to be asked to provide a CD for proof of upgrade. As you know, this doesn't happen with Win7, the software was just installed and I got most of my software re-installed, etc (a two-day effort) only to find that I was running an un-activated copy of Win7, and my key wouldn't work since it was considered a "new" installation.

I was getting ready to spend $129 for a new key until I realized that I'd need a new NON-UPGRADE key ($200!!!) and did a little more searching. Fortunately, I found your post, and it worked flawlessly! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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